For the American people and the State of Israel, Senator John McCain was one of the most revered figures in American politics. War hero and a man of values, he represented the true possibility of change in American politics and displayed a commitment to the State of Israel

Senator John McCain stepped away from active politics when declaring he had a brain tumor. He had been fighting for his life the last few years, but yesterday his body did not hold out and he passed away.

His family had declared their decision last Friday to stop the medical treatments, as the inevitable could not be deterred.

John McCain was a man very honored by his country, the State of Israel, his family and friends.

John Sidney McCain III was born on August 29, 1936. He was an American politician who served in the United States Senate for the State of Arizona since 1987, as a member of the Republican Party. He ran for the 2008 presidential election but lost to Barack Obama.

McCain graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1958, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both who were admirals. He became a naval aviator, and during the Vietnam War, he almost died when a fire broke out aboard the USS Forrestal.

While McCain flew on a bombing mission over Hanoi in October 1967, his plane was shot down and he was forced to eject, seriously injuring himself in the fall. McCain was then captured by the North Vietnamese, becoming a prisoner of war until 1973, when he was repatriated. McCain was tortured and underwent various types of harsh treatment in the hand of his captors. The wounds he suffered during the war left him with some physical disabilities that accompanied him throughout his life.

In 1982, McCain was elected to the United States House of Representatives, serving two terms. He then went to the Senate in 1987 and was re-elected to the post five times.

Although considered a conservative, McCain had a reputation for being a “maverick”  because of his willingness to bump heads with fellow party members on some political issues. After being implicated and exonerated in the investigation into a corruption scandal called Keating Five, which happened in the late 1980s, McCain made reform of the electoral campaign financing system, which led in 2002 to the passage of the Law McCain-Feingold. Other important issues on his mandate were the defense on resuming diplomatic relations with Vietnam, the War on Terror and the conflict in Iraq. He strongly felt that the United States should maintain its military supremacy in the world.

McCain served on the Armed Forces Committee in the American Senate and became president of it in 2015.

John McCain ran for president in 2000, but lost his nomination for the Republican Party to President George W. Bush. In 2008, he tried again and, after a troubled start, managed to secure his party’s nomination but lost the overall election to Democrat Barack Obama by a ten-million-vote difference, the largest since 1984.

Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., promotes Marine Staff Sgt. Antonio Aburto during a ceremony at Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan, July 4, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah Brown/RELEASED)

John McCain adopted a more orthodox conservative political stance, and was one of the biggest critics of Barack Obama’s presidency, especially on foreign policy issues. By 2013, he became a prominent figure in the Senate to negotiate political points that were considered partisan. He was also critical of the government of Donald Trump, who succeeded Obama in the White House. In July 2017, McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer; and he reduced his active duties in the Senate. On August 24, 2018, McCain’s family announced that they would be ending treatment, as the disease would eventually win out.